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    how can i respond ?

    If my roommate said that "nobody came?" (he wanted to ask if someone came to see him or not). How can I respond naturally as a native speaker?

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    Re: how can i respond ?

    We do love our double negatives in this language. I think, if indeed your were left standing all alone and nobody did come, you would shake your head sadly and say, "No."

    Alternatively, you could say (just as sadly), "You're right."

    But to simply say, "Yes" would confuse him.


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    Re: how can i respond ?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    If my roommate said that "nobody came?" (he wanted to ask if someone came to see him or not). How can I respond naturally as a native speaker?
    "No, no-one/nobody."
    "Yes, no-one came."
    "Nobody turned up."

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